Montréal celebrates spring with in dozens of colourful ways this week: a Cirque du Soleil circus show; a massive art fair; butterflies at the Botanical Garden; literary luminaries at Blue Metropolis; international dance performances; and live music from orchestras to electro. Spring in the city Swing into spring for real at the musical mini-playground of 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. See butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, while on April 23 take a tour through the gardens with the Biodôme’s bird experts, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. The Stewart Museum marks the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with the EXPO 67: A World of Dreams exhibition, highlighting the world fair’s technological innovations, opening April 26. Attend readings, panel discussions, workshops, parties and more at the annual Blue Metropolis literary festival, April 24-30 – also featuring a wonderful Children’s Series. Also fun for kids: the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience hands-on exhibition. Take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcade bars to Montréal’s best karaoke bars. And have fun for free with free things to… / Read More →
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The 2016 edition of the Festival Nouveau Cinéma is the exciting last festival of the fall season, filled with glittering film buffs milling around in dashing scarves from cinema to cinema downtown and beyond. It unites groundbreaking and limit-stretching films from around the world by the hundreds as well as a selection of Quebec films that’s sure to be stellar, thanks to a near-impeccable approach to programming. From October 5 to 16, 2016, here are five local films presented at the festival in English (or with English subtitles) that you simply can’t afford to miss. 1) PRANK, directed by Vincent Biron This debut feature film by short-film star Biron was a hit at both the Venice film festival and TIFF, and now the tale of this lovelorn teenage outsider turned professional prankster comes to Montréal. Full of awkward hilarity and poignant haplessness, this film depicts adolescence to a tee. 2) DÉSERTS, directed by Charles-André Coderre and Yann-Manuel Hernandez The directors of this Death Valley road-trip movie are better known for their experimental art films and shorts, which explains its unique approach to the loaded filmic moment. As the main protagonist meets a woman on his path, the journey changes and turns inward… / Read More →
Music and more at Jazz Fest The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This week’s music spans from legends Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Kool & The Gang and Oliver Jones to Rufus Wainwright’s operatic show, the incomparable Lauryn Hill, folk hero Ian Kelly, Jireh Gospel Choir, blues guitarist David Gogo, Jamie Cullum, Orlando Julius & The Afrosoundz, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and so many more. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 1-3 and 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights on a guided tour, public art tours and guided bike tours. For the full Montréal festivals scoop, see our 2016 summer festival guide and list of summer music festivals. Bright and beautiful Celebrate Canada Day on July 1… / Read More →
One of the best things about Montréal in summer is how easy it is to happen upon free concerts by major music stars, see a high-wire circus act in a park, find games for kids in a downtown square or fireworks shows in the night sky. Festival freedom in June Montréal’s many festivals almost always have a free component. First: we’ve made both a 2016 summer festival guide and a guide to summer music festivals to help navigate all that’s going on. Second: Here’s a look at some of the free stuff. Just before summer’s official start, two festivals give us free, family-friendly concerts by local and visiting musicians: Les FrancoFolies festival of French-language music on several stages at Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles until June 18, and the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, outdoors in the sun by the Lachine Canal and Atwater Market, June 15-19. The Montréal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival brings free theatre and live music into its eclectic mix at Fringe Park (corner of St-Laurent and Rachel) to June 19. And there’s free art to be seen and music to be heard at MURAL Festival’s final weekend, June 18-19. In Old Montréal, the Montréal Baroque Festival takes us… / Read More →
The 2015 edition of International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) isn’t only exciting because it’s got nearly 243 films about art on view – it’s also an edifying excuse to stay indoors and avoid the last bit of cold. From March 19 to 29 in cinemas all over the downtown core, the range of films shown is one of the festival’s best assets – proving that art is in everything, from architecture to dance to animation. Here are five films in English (or with English subtitles) presented at FIFA 2015 that you won’t want to miss. Escape From Moomin Valley, directed by Charlotte Airas This Finnish animation film profiles Tove Jansson, the woman behind the wildly famous Moomin books, a series of illustrated comic books for kids and bigger kids that has captured the imagination of generations. Jansson’s artistry went far beyond the good-hearted creatures of Moonin; she was a versatile and prolific artist and author, who above all considered herself a painter. Escape from Moomin Valley delves into Jansson’s life outside of the Moomins, portraying her early years and her search for an artistic identity in Europe between the two World Wars. Making Space: 5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture, directed by… / Read More →
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